A small town in Gwynedd, North West Wales, Blaenau-Ffestiniog is a quaint and picturesque place to enjoy a stay, with a great variety of things to see and do.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, located within the town’s outskirts allows visitors to travel on the Miners' Tramway or enjoy a descent into the Deep Mine, via a funicular railway. Once there you can explore the former Llechwedd slate quarry and learn about the history of the town’s slate mining history. Also to be seen is the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge heritage railway, popular with rail enthusiasts. A definite must is a trip to the Snowdonia National Park to enjoy Wales’ famed natural beauty whilst on one of the many walks through the countryside.
Blaenau-Ffestiniog is located within easy distance to explore the surrounding towns of Dolwyddeian and Pont-y-Pant, both of which can be accessed via the A470 or by the railway.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, North Wales LL41 3NB (01766) 830306
Still a vital mineral, slate has been mined at Llechwedd since the 1840s.
There are four separate attractions at the mine: the deep mine, comprised of 10 caverns; the miner’s tramway; a Victorian village; and the Miner’s Arms public house. Other facilities include a shop, café and slatecraft workshop.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF (01766) 516000
The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world.
Currently running a fleet of eight steam locomotives, the railway links the towns of Blaenau Ffestiniog with Porthmadog.